Welcome to our home!
The first time Sara and I stepped into our house we were both so excited. We’d been hoping we would find a home that was older and full of charm and character and this one certainly fit the bill! It had lots of wood moulding, nicely proportioned rooms, and gorgeous old windows. There was a lot of untouched woodwork that made the house feel pretty old fashioned and a little heavy, but we could see past that.
Here’s a sneak peek into the living room – the first room you see when you enter our home. These are ‘before’ pictures taken a while ago now. Lots has changed since then, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
The living room seemed quite large to me and I was already envisioning furniture arrangements. I loved the fireplace with it’s symmetrical built-in cabinets on each side. The mantle runs the entire width of the room and I thought it would make for some interesting and unique display opportunities. The humble fire screen came with the house, which was good because I loved it. It’s a lot like the one used in the 2010 Princess Margaret lottery housed designed by House & Home.
There was a large bay window along the front of the living room, made up of five individual windows. They are the classic casement style windows with substantial wooden mullions that I love. I was not in love with the finish on the woodwork, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to get rid of it entirely. Also, I wasn’t sure about the scalloped wooden valance in the bay window, probably dating from the 1950′s. But look at all of that light!
Here you can see that the doorway at the north end of the room has an actual wooden door attached. It’s a thoughtful, old-timey touch that Sara and I really appreciate. In fact by the time we were done with the room you could close several doors and completely contain the living room from the rest of the house. Of course my mom thought this was great for kids down the road…WAY down the road! We thought about keeping the doors in the house in their natural wood finish and painting the trim around them. This is something you see in lots of stately old houses actually.
The floors in the house were in pretty good shape and hadn’t been covered up with wall-to-wall carpet, so that was a bonus! I’ve pulled up carpet and millions of staples twice before and I’m so glad I didn’t have to do it here! Joanna, our real estate agent pointed out the squeeks in the floor but we assured her we didn’t mind (and secretly even liked it). I also liked the big old vents and this little wall, we thought might be a good spot for the piano we hoped to bring home. It was the piano my mom had as a child (she’s an accomplished pianist and piano teacher ) and it was the same one I learned on.
And that’s the grand tour of the living room before. We were so happy to imagine our future here and all of the things we could do with the room.
So whaddaya think?